Science and culture, and other essays

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byThomas Henry Huxley

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ON THE HYPOTHESIS THAT ANIMALS ARE AUTOMATA, AND ITS HISTORY. The first half of the seventeenth century is one of the great epochs of biological science. For though suggestions and indications of the conceptions which took definite shape, at that time, are to be met with in works of earlier date, they are little more than the shadows which coming truth casts forward; men's knowledge was neither extensive enough, nor exact enough, to show them the solid body of fact which threw these shadows. But, in the seventeenth century, the idea that the physical processes of life are capable of being explained in the same way as other physical phenomena, and, therefore, that the living body is a mechanism, was proved to be true for certain classes of vital actions; and, having thus taken firm root in irrefragable fact, this conception has not only successfully repelled every assault which has been made upon it, but has steadily grown in force and extent of application, until it is now the expressed or implied fundamental proposition of the whole doctrine of scientific Physiology. If we ask to whom mankind are indebted for this great service, tke general voice will name William Harvey. For, by his discovery of the circulation of the blood in the higher animals, by his explanation of the nature of the mechanism by which that circulation is effected, and by his no less remarkable, though less known, investigations of the process of development, Harvey solidly laid the foundations of all those physical explanations of the functions of sustentation and reproduction which modern physiologists have achieved. But the living body is not only sustained and reproduced: it adjusts itself to external and internal changes; it moves and feels. The attempt to reduce the endless complexitie...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ON THE HYPOTHESIS THAT ANIMALS ARE AUTOMATA, AND ITS HISTORY. The first half of the seventeenth century is one of the great epochs of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217546579

ISBN - 13:9780217546577

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